Ralph & Russo are the perfect silhouettes to take note of for 2015.
Keep the waist extra cinched in, and let the fabric flow over the hips with ample fabric over a belt.
Think of asymmetrical on the arms and lengths. Easy Elegance.
PEOPLE-WATCHING at the Ralph & Russo show is almost as enjoyable as the show itself. A select few fashion fans - including Olivia Palermo and Amber le Bon – were seated front row, but the real interest lay in watching the brand’s customers arrive. From Saudi princesses to American heiresses, the clientele of London’s only official couture label are almost as diverse and beautiful as the creations themselves – all arriving at least 20 minutes late, as is their prerogative.
Fifties silhouettes – off-the-shoulder dresses with nipped-in waists and exaggerated hips – were accompanied by accessories that also wouldn’t have been out of place in the era: fur stoles and over-sized corsages. More traditional eveningwear – the long dresses favoured by the label’s high-profile clients, including Angelina Jolie – was in evidence too, as were the pretty day dresses so ably showcased by Suki Waterhouse et all as they flutter from party to party.
The key to Ralph & Russo’s attraction is not just the luxurious quality, which is palpable, nor the brand’s aloof exclusivity, but the fact that these dresses are made for women. Designer Tamara Ralph, glowy skin and immaculate blowdry notwithstanding, seems down to earth and accessible. Wearing an (albeit entirely beaded) little shift dress and a beaming smile, the blonde Aussie greeted friends and customers post show while standing next to her six-foot model bride, Lancome face Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, who wore a breathtaking dress with a six-metre train.
With thousands of metres of beadwork by Lesage-trained embroiderers and acres of architecturally sculpted tulle, the medium could be at risk of overshadowing the whole – but the deft touch of the brand’s Australian-born designer stops the creations from ever straying into Cinderella territory. When many other couture labels are creating pieces for women to wear “in the real world,” Ralph & Russo is unashamedly old-world couture. Shapes reminiscent of the work of Hubert de Givenchy, Cristobal Balenciaga and Christian Dior are reimagined using beading and shaping techniques that couture’s forefathers could only have dreamed of, and the growing client base and blossoming accounts are testament to the demand. Women, at least those who can afford it, want couture to look like couture.
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